Clemson Spring Game 2018

Among the 55,000 people attending Clmeson's spring game on Saturday were a group of key football recruits. Gwinn Davis/Special to The Post and Courier

Clemson punctuated its spring game weekend with four football commitments for the 2019 class highlighted by quarterback Taisun Phommachanh.

Phommachanh, a 6-4, 205-pounder from Avon, Conn., chose the Tigers over Florida State, South Carolina, Purdue, Illinois, Penn State, LSU, Ole Miss, Iowa and Florida.

“What sold me was how the environment was, it just feels right,” Phommachanh said. "Their family-oriented culture got me because I'm close to my family. It just feels like home."

Phommachanh passed for 2,235 yards and 25 touchdowns with just one interception last season> He also rushed for 663 yards and 17 touchdowns.

One of his future receivers will be Frank Ladson (6-4, 170) of Miami. Ladson committed to Clemson over Miami, Florida State, Alabama and Georgia. He originally was committed to Florida.

"The consistency and sincerity displayed to us had made my decision easy, and I couldn't be more grateful for this opportunity of a lifetime," Ladson said. He's coming off a junior season of 29 catches for 675 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Tigers also addressed the defensive side of the ball with commitments from linebacker Bryton Constantin (6-2, 220) of Baton Rouge, La., and defensive back Lannden Zanders (6-1, 180) of Shelby, N.C.

Constantin had on his short list Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida, TCU and Houston.

Zanders picked the Tigers over Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, East Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and others.

Clemson now has eight commitments for the 2019 class.

South Carolina picked up its 10th public commitment on Friday from linebacker Tra Wilkins (6-2, 190) of Stone Mountain, Ga. Wilkins said he made his commitment Thursday night in a phone conversation with recruiter Bryan McClendon and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson.

Wilkins also has offers from Georgia, Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and others. Last season Wilkins was in on 80 tackles with 11 sacks.

Clemson offered RB Jerrion Ealy of Jackson, Miss., Saturday while he was in on a visit. He’s committed to Ole Miss for football and baseball.

Defensive back Tyler Rudolph of Waterbury, Conn., announced a top five of Clemson, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida. He was at Clemson over the weekend. USC and Clemson target RB/LB Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte visited Florida State Saturday.

Clemson made the top 12 with DE Lloyd Summerall of Auburndale, Fla. The others on his list are Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, Miami, Florida, TCU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Nebraska, Auburn and Penn State.

Clemson is one of the top six with OL Zeke Correll of Cincinnati and he was in for the spring game. His other favorites are Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford, Notre Dame and Penn State.

USC and Clemson are in the top nine with LB Kalen DeLoach of Savannah. The others on his short list are Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Texas A&M, Auburn, Florida State and LSU. He was at Clemson Saturday and also was at USC for its spring game.

USC is in the top five with DL C.J. Clark of New London, N.C. The others are North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and Georgia.

Offensive lineman Luke Griffin (6-5, 295) of Chatsworth, Ga., attended Clemson's spring game. He had been committed to Georgia but coming off major surgeries to both knees, the Bulldogs wanted to wait until after this season before making a final decision on Griffin. So, he decommitted and is now looking hard at Clemson, Florida and Alabama.

Texas A&M grad transfer DB Nick Harvey visited Arizona over the weekend. He’s also been to USC and Auburn.

USC and Clemson target RB/LB Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte visited Florida State Saturday.

Chez Mellusi, a running back from Naples, Fla., made a visit to Clemson last week and was offered. He’s also been to Miami and Notre Dame. Those three are high on his list, along with USC. The Gamecocks offered early in the process and have kept in touch. He has not visited USC but he plans to next time he returns to the state.

Mellusi rushed last season for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Emerald TE Luke Deal has set an official visit to Auburn for April 28. He was at Michigan over the weekend and has also been to N.C. State. He will visit Notre Dame and Ohio State this week. He’s been to Clemson unofficially and the Tigers also are a major factor with him.

USC recently offered DE Adisa Isaac (6-5. 215) of Brooklyn. Isaac, who had 12 sacks last season, also has offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Boston College, Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Central Florida and Virginia Tech.


South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin landed his third commitment for the 2018 class Sunday when 6-4 point guard T.J. Moss of Memphis committed at the end of his official visit. He also had offers from Alabama, Memphis, Minnesota, Texas A&M and Oregon State.

“I picked South Carolina because it’s a great program,” Moss said. “Coach Martin is a great coach. The culture here is similar to home and I feel it’s a great fit for me.” This season Moss averaged over seven points, six assists and three rebounds per game.

Devonte Bandoo (6-3) of Hutchinson (Kan.) JC visited USC over the weekend. He also has offers from Oklahoma, Houston, New Mexico, West Virginia and others. He was named all region this season after averaging 17 points, six rebounds and three assists per game.

Martin visited Friday with Hartsville guard Trae Hannibal. He has offers from Oklahoma State, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston and others.

Clemson’s Brad Brownell visited Christian Brown of Lower Richland, Malcolm Wilson of Ridge View and Juwan Gary of Gray Collegiate on Friday.

Auburn transfer Desean Murray said he would consider Clemson for a grad transfer season. He’s also considering turning pro. Murray played his first two seasons at Presbyterian College. He averaged 10 points and seven rebounds per game last season.